UPPERVILLE, Va., June 11, 2023– Ireland’s Jordan Coyle and Elan Farm’s Lisaniska Cool Quality’s blazing trip yesterday sent them to the top of the leaderboard in the $37,800 Upperville FEI CSI 4* Speed Stake at the 170th Upperville Colt & Horse Show presented by MARS Equestrian™. Hallie Grimes and Karoline of Ballmore, owned by Can We Keep It? LLC finished second while Conor O’Regan ended the class in third place aboard Manchester, the entry of Delshore Horses, LLC.
The lead changed multiple times until Coyle and Laisaniska Cool Quality laid down a time of 57.49 seconds. None of the 18 horse and rider combinations that followed could catch him.
“I’ve had him a long time,” Coyle said of the ten-year-old Irish Sport Horse. “He was great today.”
Nick Granat’s course presented its challenges, with only eight of 26 entries jumping clear.
“Jump one to two was a tight enough turn and the inside turn to nine was quite tight to a big oxer,” Coyle explained. “I needed the line to come up or it would have been a very big oxer.”
He continued, “Luckily, it came up for me and the rest was hoping you don’t knock the jumps down.”
UCHS is the oldest horse show in the U.S. Founded in 1853 as a one-day show to encourage better breeding and care of horses, the show has grown to a weeklong tradition with more than 2000 equestrian and equine pairs competing in a variety of competitive disciplines. Many of the continent’s top professional riders as well as amateurs compete under the spectacular setting featuring the famous oaks at Grafton Farm.
In addition to presenting sponsor MARS EQUESTRIAN, UCHS is sponsored by The Ethel M® Chocolate Brand and Lugano Diamonds (Co-Presenting Sponsors of the 2023 FEI CSI4* Jumper Classic.) Other sponsors include Buckeye Nutrition, Nutro Natural Choice, The Salamander Collection, B&D Builders, Delta Air Lines, Markel and Piedmont Equine Practice.
For more information on the show, visit www.upperville.com.
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About the Upperville Colt & Horse Show
The Upperville Colt & Horse Show, also known as the Upperville Horse Show and UCHS, is the oldest horse show in the U.S. Founded in 1853 as a one-day show to encourage better breeding and care of horses, the show has grown to a weeklong tradition with thousands of equestrian and equine pairs competing in a variety of competitive disciplines. Many of the continent’s top professional riders as well as amateurs compete under the spectacular setting featuring the famous oaks at Grafton Farm—the same location as 1853. UCHS is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that raises funds for The Churches of Upperville Outreach Program and supports other area charities. For complete schedules and up-to-the-minute results, visit the website at www.upperville.com.